Guy Kennaway’s Jamaica is “a little Eden made more interesting by the Fall”.
His book One People is a comic novel, but Cousins Cove is a real village, and the stories he tells were gathered during his first ten years as an idle British expat.
It’s a world populated by wannabe drug dealers, resourceful beach prostitutes and rental dreads who nurse warm bottles of Red Stripe beer and seduce overweight tourist spinsters in Negril.
Everyone has a scheme, and a nickname acquired from some exploit that usually failed to come off, or that went disastrously wrong.
It’s a funny, endearing and deeply human book, and it made me want to go there.
We had a wide ranging conversation about Jamaican culture, the legacy of slavery and British colonialism, the surprising impact of all-inclusive tourism, and why he’s a passionate advocate for Patwa, the national language. I hope you enjoy it.